Thursday, October 18, 2012

Romantic Details

I managed to steel away for a few hours this week and visit a few of my favorite thrifts!  Unfortunately I didn't find any fabulous furniture pieces to paint like I had hoped...saw some walking out the door as I was walking in - Bummer!  However, I did pick up a few fun things and finally felt inspired to paint this little old magazine table that had been sitting in the garage for close to a year!

I think part of my lack of enthusiasm for this table was the fact that I had painted one just like it once before.  It also has a bit more of an art deco flair than I am usually drawn to.  Nevertheless, small tables sell really well at our store, so I try not to pass them up when the price is right and the condition is decent! 
I created this light dusty blue (it is really more of a grey blue than the photos is so hard to get a perfect color representation) by mixing Annie Sloan's Paris Grey and Duck Egg Blue.  I used roughly a 50/50 ratio.  I can't tell you how much I love this color!  I wish I could get a really accurate depiction of it for you! 
 I attempted to give this art deco piece a little bit of a French flair with some stenciling in Paris Grey and Old White.  Add in some romantic accessories and I think it works.
 One of my thrift store finds this week was this neat wood desk top organizer.  I painted it in a custom mix of Paris Grey and Old White (approx. 50/50).  I like it so well, and I know I will find a place and use for it!  I am trying to justify keeping it...we shall see!
 Believe it or not, I actually painted a handful of hardback classics in Annie Sloan's Old White and waxed them with both the clear and dark waxes!  I found that it works best to use books with a canvas or matt finish cover and if there is a recessed design in the cover, it makes for a really beautiful effect.  I then added a piece of wide vintage lace, satin rosettes and a vintage earring.  Just for the record, these are not antique books, first editions or anything like that!  This one is a mass produced version of War and Peace...still a classic and now it can not only be read and enjoyed, but set out as a romantic accessory on a coffee table or desk as well.
I ordered some beautiful wood appliques last week for a very special furniture piece that is sitting in the garage awaiting transformation!  As soon as they arrive I will get going on the makeover and hopefully have some photos to share with you soon!
Thank you so much for your sweet visit today!  Have a wonderful weekend!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
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